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Grateful Dead Live at Eureka Municipal Auditorium on 1968-01-20




Set 1

Clementine ->
New Potato Caboose ->
Born Cross-Eyed ->
Space ->
Spanish Jam ->
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam ->
Dark Star

Set 2


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date January 20, 1968
Venue Eureka Municipal Auditorium
Location Eureka, CA

Source SBD -> MReel -> DAT -> CD-R
Lineage CD-R -> EAC -> SHN


Notes

First known performance of "Clementine"
First known performance of "Spanish Jam"
"Dark Star" consists of first several notes only


Broadcase on Grateful Dead Hour 342. This is not an FM recording.

Source unconfirmed, but very probable.

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - January 21, 2013
Subject: Stream-only
with no track info.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - November 24, 2010
Subject: awesome!
the miller source is absolutely the best, and the one to hear. and this is a rather brief BUT SWEET performance, that is certainly a favorite of a number of folks around here...jazz, baby!
Reviewer: Dagwood420 - - February 28, 2009
Subject: Come to Humboldt
Thank you soooo much for this recording. Humboldt is a destination for a lot of deadhead fanatics. This recording has been such a great reminder that Humboldt has and always will be a refuge for like minded individuals that need a haven. Loving you--always. Sunshine daydream, walk you in the tall trees, of Humboldt.

DAGWOOD
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - January 4, 2009
Subject: Rarities, first Clementine, first Spanish Jam, and a FABULOUS show
This is a must-listen for fans of pre-1970 Dead. A fabulous gig played while they were still recording Anthem of the Sun. Every song is a highlight, and every member of the band contributes enormously to an audio feast with transitions as smooth as any in their history. Pigpen on keyboards is at his best. The audio is excellent, and you can hear every instrument.
This is the first Clementine. A real rarity, Deadbase records only 5 performances of the jazzy Clementine, which has the feel of John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. Sung by Jerry, Phil Lesh wrote it with Robert Hunter. Lesh has said that Coltrane was one of his main influences. "The Coltrane Quartet and the long jams they would do in one chord was a defining factor for us..." (from Phil Lesh: Operating Principles, JamBase.com).
http://www.jambase.com/Articles/4909/PHIL-LESH-OPERATING-PRINCIPLES
In a seemingly effortless transition, the jam changes time from 3/4 to 4/4 and slips into New Potato, a core part of Anthem but a rarity, performed only 26 times. Pigpen is in top form on keyboards here. Jerry’ delivers a spacious New Potato sound that is more deliberate than a lot of the 1967 performances.
This is only the second Born Cross Eyed, the first being 3 days earlier. It’s also a rarity, with only 14 performances. And it didn’t always follow New Potato, as it does on Anthem. The pair works well.
And, this is the first Spanish Jam, which arises out of a psychedelic transition from Born Cross-Eyed. This Spanish Jam>Caution is featured at the end the first disc of Grayfolded (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayfolded , which every Dark Star fan should own). It is difficult to find a better Spanish Jam.
Spanish Jam transitions into a short Caution (under 2 minutes worth), going into a repeated pre-Dark Star riff. The first disc of Grayfolded ends with this pre-DS riff.
There are four versions of this set here at Archive. The one with the longest fragment of Dark Star is at this link (though the audio quality is somewhat inferior to the others):
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-20.sbd.jools.19470.sbe-fixed.shnf
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - December 9, 2008
Subject: Goodman and Krupa?
The music here is absolutely amazing and unlike anything that had been played before this tour. The band has got some kind of swing going and you'd think that was Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa sitting in. This performance is proof that Pigpen had some chops, at least before the Southern Comfort got him.

This is the one you take to your grave!
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